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ex-Freight Lighter No. 161
ex-Catherine Johnson (SP 390)

Freight Lighter:

  • Built in 1913 as Edith B. by Abbott, Milford, DE
  • Renamed Catherine Johnson
  • Placed in service as Catherine Johnson (SP 390), 15 June 1918
  • Delivered to the Navy 24 July 1918
  • Reclassified Freight Lighter No. 161
  • Named canceled and designated a Freight Lighter (Self-propelled), YF-161 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service 19 November 1930
  • Reclassified as an Open Lighter (Non-self-propelled), YC-660
  • Sold 29 September 1932
  • Registered in 1933 to Sorensen Wrecking Co. of New York, NY as the wrecking ship Soressen Bros.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 196 t.
    1933 - 163 t.
  • Length 110'
    1933 - 100'
  • Beam 30'
    1933 - 29'
  • Draft 7'
    1933 - 8.4'
  • Speed 8.6 kts.
  • Complement 13
    1933 - Eight
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One Marine leg boiler, one 250hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Catherine Johnson 92k In port on 5 May 1917, probably at New York City. The steam lighter nearest to the camera at left is Metcalf No. 1. Those at right are George H. Johnson and Catherine Johnson
    U.S.Navy photo NH 96062
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